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Steven Spence

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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

Occupation: IT Manager

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2017-04-03 06:45:25 (36 comments; 15 reshares; 549 +1s; )Open 

Science Literacy Starts with Accessibility

By Shayna Keyles
Outreach Coordinator
Science Connected


Science is a broad term that covers numerous disciplines, from paleontology and particle physics to medicine and mechanical engineering. Nutritional recommendations, architectural limitations, and football-throwing specifications are all guided by science—as are birth, death, and everything in between. So where does Science Connected (http://www.scienceconnected.org/) fit in with all that?

Science is vast, and for many around the world, it’s a foreign concept. Many factors contribute to its inaccessibility: teaching methods or curricula that are less than ideal; prohibitive expenses of higher learning; difficulties in understanding scientific concepts or applying them to real life. Reports and findings are frequently written with technical,jar... more »

Most reshares: 18

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2017-03-30 16:48:22 (30 comments; 18 reshares; 246 +1s; )Open 

This makes me very happy!


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indochinese-tigers-ultra-rare-species-thailand-discovered-miracle-east-jungle-freeland-panthera-a7656206.html

Most plusones: 549

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2017-04-03 06:45:25 (36 comments; 15 reshares; 549 +1s; )Open 

Science Literacy Starts with Accessibility

By Shayna Keyles
Outreach Coordinator
Science Connected


Science is a broad term that covers numerous disciplines, from paleontology and particle physics to medicine and mechanical engineering. Nutritional recommendations, architectural limitations, and football-throwing specifications are all guided by science—as are birth, death, and everything in between. So where does Science Connected (http://www.scienceconnected.org/) fit in with all that?

Science is vast, and for many around the world, it’s a foreign concept. Many factors contribute to its inaccessibility: teaching methods or curricula that are less than ideal; prohibitive expenses of higher learning; difficulties in understanding scientific concepts or applying them to real life. Reports and findings are frequently written with technical,jar... more »

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2017-04-18 21:22:20 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Enjoying the original Fast and Furry-ous

It's hard to believe that Wile E. Coyote made his debut in 1949. This animation classic really is called Fast and Furry-ous.

You can view it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ep2kp_fast-and-furry-ous_fun (7 minutes). 

Enjoying the original Fast and Furry-ous

It's hard to believe that Wile E. Coyote made his debut in 1949. This animation classic really is called Fast and Furry-ous.

You can view it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ep2kp_fast-and-furry-ous_fun (7 minutes). ___

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2017-04-15 07:27:33 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Breakfast in a skillet

Hashbrown potatoes
Chopped onion
Chopped Black Forest ham
3 eggs (beaten)
2 handfuls of grated cheese (cheddar or whatever you like)
Salt, black pepper, red pepper

Breakfast in a skillet

Hashbrown potatoes
Chopped onion
Chopped Black Forest ham
3 eggs (beaten)
2 handfuls of grated cheese (cheddar or whatever you like)
Salt, black pepper, red pepper___

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2017-04-13 18:07:54 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Very interesting article by +Neha Jain  on the use of natural anti-microbal "cocktails" by ants.

To test if ants enhance the antimicrobial properties of resin, Chapuisat and his team enclosed worker ants with resin and nest materials, such as twigs and small stones, for two weeks. They found that resin that had been in contact with the ants provided greater protection against the fungus Metarhizium brunneum—which can be deadly—than resin kept away from ants.

Please read the full article on the link on +GotScience.org .

Very interesting article by +Neha Jain  on the use of natural anti-microbal "cocktails" by ants.

To test if ants enhance the antimicrobial properties of resin, Chapuisat and his team enclosed worker ants with resin and nest materials, such as twigs and small stones, for two weeks. They found that resin that had been in contact with the ants provided greater protection against the fungus Metarhizium brunneum—which can be deadly—than resin kept away from ants.

Please read the full article on the link on +GotScience.org .___

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2017-04-11 21:13:06 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Ketan wanted liver. I managed to convince him lamb might be a better alternative.

Ketan is a Steinadler (Latin Aquila chrysaetos , English "Golden Eagle": the North American one is a bit smaller subspecies). I got to meet and hold him for a few minutes at a nearby falconry show.

The feet have a heck of a grip but we got along fine. He was a good companion for a few minutes but I did notice the weight (~4kg). Definitely an unexpected highlight of the past weekend. 

Ketan wanted liver. I managed to convince him lamb might be a better alternative.

Ketan is a Steinadler (Latin Aquila chrysaetos , English "Golden Eagle": the North American one is a bit smaller subspecies). I got to meet and hold him for a few minutes at a nearby falconry show.

The feet have a heck of a grip but we got along fine. He was a good companion for a few minutes but I did notice the weight (~4kg). Definitely an unexpected highlight of the past weekend. ___

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2017-04-10 21:48:03 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Optimist's Reward

Planting in the Fall pays off. Greetings from my garden to you. Have a good start to the week!

Optimist's Reward

Planting in the Fall pays off. Greetings from my garden to you. Have a good start to the week!___

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2017-04-10 20:57:39 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Buchfink / Common Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs Male. seen near Burg Hohen Neuffen, Germany.

Not an ideal position for this pose due to the distracting twigs but I take what the animals give me. At least you can see the coloration and the beak well. 

Buchfink / Common Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs Male. seen near Burg Hohen Neuffen, Germany.

Not an ideal position for this pose due to the distracting twigs but I take what the animals give me. At least you can see the coloration and the beak well. ___

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2017-04-08 10:45:44 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Fantastic photo by +Rob Patterson​. H/t to +Dryade Geo​.

___Fantastic photo by +Rob Patterson​. H/t to +Dryade Geo​.

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2017-04-07 09:49:42 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

The doctor had time to see me. Past, present, and future. Valar morghulis.

The doctor had time to see me. Past, present, and future. Valar morghulis.___

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2017-04-06 20:57:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Excellent salad with scallops and shrimp.

Excellent salad with scallops and shrimp.___

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2017-04-05 19:52:28 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Another interesting flower I saw in the neighborhood. I enjoy a day with a bit of sunshine and the chance to capture impressions of color and beauty.

Have a great downhill on second half to this week: we're more than halfway through! 

Another interesting flower I saw in the neighborhood. I enjoy a day with a bit of sunshine and the chance to capture impressions of color and beauty.

Have a great downhill on second half to this week: we're more than halfway through! ___

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2017-04-04 06:30:17 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

I think this is a type of magnolia. Seen a few streets over in my neighborhood. 

I think this is a type of magnolia. Seen a few streets over in my neighborhood. ___

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2017-04-03 20:36:43 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

It's not a question of whether de-extinction will happen only when

Recently a great book from +Bloomsbury Publishing arrived and it was my pleasure to read it for our GotScience.org audience.

Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction by Helen Pilcher is a highly enjoyable read looking at extinct species, DNA, and asking the question not only IF we can bring back an extinct species but SHOULD we?



+Kate Stone, +GotScience.org 

It's not a question of whether de-extinction will happen only when

Recently a great book from +Bloomsbury Publishing arrived and it was my pleasure to read it for our GotScience.org audience.

Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction by Helen Pilcher is a highly enjoyable read looking at extinct species, DNA, and asking the question not only IF we can bring back an extinct species but SHOULD we?



+Kate Stone, +GotScience.org ___

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2017-04-03 06:51:32 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

More of the daisy

This is a follow-up to the daisy post from a few days ago. I shared one with the flower just beginning to unfold and the pink petal ends were very prominent. Here's what it looks like fully unfolded. The pink is subtle actually.

Have a great start to the week!


Photo details: For those of you interested in the photo, I'm working on my wide open aperture technique. This was photographed at f2.8 on my 100mm macro. You can see that the in focus area is still reasonably sharp (the detail is a 1 to 1 crop at 100%). What I'm really going for though is the "dreamy", narrow focus.



More of the daisy

This is a follow-up to the daisy post from a few days ago. I shared one with the flower just beginning to unfold and the pink petal ends were very prominent. Here's what it looks like fully unfolded. The pink is subtle actually.

Have a great start to the week!


Photo details: For those of you interested in the photo, I'm working on my wide open aperture technique. This was photographed at f2.8 on my 100mm macro. You can see that the in focus area is still reasonably sharp (the detail is a 1 to 1 crop at 100%). What I'm really going for though is the "dreamy", narrow focus.

___

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2017-04-03 06:45:25 (36 comments; 15 reshares; 549 +1s; )Open 

Science Literacy Starts with Accessibility

By Shayna Keyles
Outreach Coordinator
Science Connected


Science is a broad term that covers numerous disciplines, from paleontology and particle physics to medicine and mechanical engineering. Nutritional recommendations, architectural limitations, and football-throwing specifications are all guided by science—as are birth, death, and everything in between. So where does Science Connected (http://www.scienceconnected.org/) fit in with all that?

Science is vast, and for many around the world, it’s a foreign concept. Many factors contribute to its inaccessibility: teaching methods or curricula that are less than ideal; prohibitive expenses of higher learning; difficulties in understanding scientific concepts or applying them to real life. Reports and findings are frequently written with technical,jar... more »

Science Literacy Starts with Accessibility

By Shayna Keyles
Outreach Coordinator
Science Connected


Science is a broad term that covers numerous disciplines, from paleontology and particle physics to medicine and mechanical engineering. Nutritional recommendations, architectural limitations, and football-throwing specifications are all guided by science—as are birth, death, and everything in between. So where does Science Connected (http://www.scienceconnected.org/) fit in with all that?

Science is vast, and for many around the world, it’s a foreign concept. Many factors contribute to its inaccessibility: teaching methods or curricula that are less than ideal; prohibitive expenses of higher learning; difficulties in understanding scientific concepts or applying them to real life. Reports and findings are frequently written with technical, jargon-filled language that can shut out even the most curious lay reader.

According to the National Science Foundation, only 21 percent of 12th grade students (https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/data/highschool-06.html) perform at or above grade level in science. While on the surface that sounds like 79 percent of students are just having difficulty solving chemical equations or reciting the Krebs cycle, it really means that over three-quarters of all 12th graders don’t have a firm enough grasp on the earth sciences to understand the causes of climate change or its harmful effects. It means that high schoolers don’t have sufficient understanding of what makes up the food they eat, how exercise helps the body, or how the reproductive system works.

That’s where Science Connected comes in. This nonprofit exists to make science more accessible by creating equal access to science education, responsible science journalism, and readily-available research. When science is accessible and available, science literacy goes up, and with increased science literacy comes a more informed, more engaged, and more responsible citizenry.

Access to science means many things:

● Easy-to-read, well-researched information
● Hands-on experiences that don’t require lab access or expensive materials
● Nearby science programs and activities within an engaged community
● Educational resources that bring more science into classrooms

Science Connected improves accessibility to science in all these areas. Through the organization’s flagship publication, GotScience Magazine (http://www.gotscience.org/) , the team works closely with researchers, journalists, universities, and industry leaders to provide cutting-edge research findings to people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as publishing classroom materials for teachers to use for free.

As a member of the Citizen Science Association, Science Connected also promotes community-organized projects and independent experimentation. Crowdsourced research, individual experiments, and self-published materials are all essential contributions to greater science literacy.

Science Connected is running an IndieGogo campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/science-connected-bring-science-to-your-screen-education/x/15498581) to expand its free online magazine, GotScience.org, and to continue making science more accessible to learners of all ages.

Running an open-access magazine requires writers, editors, bandwidth, and public relations, as well as ongoing relationships with science journalists, researchers, and media organizations. While many of the contributing writers and editors volunteer their time, donations are still important to maintain the organization’s infrastructure. Here’s what funds raised through the Indiegogo campaign will be used for:

● Membership in scientific organizations to make sure sources are all accurate
● Writing stipends for GotScience journalists and researchers
● Maintaining the Science Connected and GotScience websites

An assortment of thank-you gifts have been prepared for campaign supporters. For a donation of $5, you’ll get a social media shout-out. For $10 to $150, the range of gifts includes handwritten thank-you notes, exclusive photographic prints, stickers, mugs, and stainless steel water bottles. A $250 donation brings you all of the above and a highly visible, public thank-you on the website.

This is an incredibly important campaign, especially in this uncertain era of science skepticism, threats to public education, reduced funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, and an unfortunate distrust of expertise. With only a month of the campaign left, Science Connected needs to raise $3,000 to meet the goal. Every dollar helps. Your contribution doesn’t only help Science Connected—it helps everyone with a passion for learning about science.

Donate now: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/science-connected-bring-science-to-your-screen-education/x/16142831#/

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2017-04-02 14:02:11 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Simply understanding the scientific principles involved allows one to apply them, even with a naked eye. For example, coaches can evaluate whether speed athletes in football or track are getting enough knee lift for the impact at touchdown to hit high speeds

by +Emily Rhode 

Simply understanding the scientific principles involved allows one to apply them, even with a naked eye. For example, coaches can evaluate whether speed athletes in football or track are getting enough knee lift for the impact at touchdown to hit high speeds

by +Emily Rhode ___

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2017-04-02 10:28:41 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

There used to be a topic called #TulipSunday but I think one of the main contributors / curators left GPlus (sadly). Not sure if it is running this year. Regardless, I wish you all a beautiful Sunday and hope you have sunshine and flowers today!

+Eustace James, +Marilyn Benham 

There used to be a topic called #TulipSunday but I think one of the main contributors / curators left GPlus (sadly). Not sure if it is running this year. Regardless, I wish you all a beautiful Sunday and hope you have sunshine and flowers today!

+Eustace James, +Marilyn Benham ___

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2017-04-02 09:54:05 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Omega 13

At least these blossoms remind me of it.

This plant isn't native to here. I have tentatively identified it as an "Oregon grape" ( Mahonia aquifolium ). It's in a garden a few houses down the street from me. I hadn't noticed it before. Interesting blossoms.

About the photo:
downsized a bit but still 4k territory so you can zoom.

I'm working on a my open (or close to it) aperture technique. When I shoot wildlife I can't do this but open aperture looks good for portraits. I want to get a full frame camera and a great 85mm lens later this year and try my hand with people. Until I get a human model I'm doing a little practice with stationary objects. Challenge mode: I photograph handheld and don't have image stabilization (I was too cheap to spring for that back when I bought the lens). 

Omega 13

At least these blossoms remind me of it.

This plant isn't native to here. I have tentatively identified it as an "Oregon grape" ( Mahonia aquifolium ). It's in a garden a few houses down the street from me. I hadn't noticed it before. Interesting blossoms.

About the photo:
downsized a bit but still 4k territory so you can zoom.

I'm working on a my open (or close to it) aperture technique. When I shoot wildlife I can't do this but open aperture looks good for portraits. I want to get a full frame camera and a great 85mm lens later this year and try my hand with people. Until I get a human model I'm doing a little practice with stationary objects. Challenge mode: I photograph handheld and don't have image stabilization (I was too cheap to spring for that back when I bought the lens). ___

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2017-04-01 15:20:18 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Waffles

300 g flour (I used spelt)
~45 g brown sugar
~10g baking powder
2 eggs
125 g butter - melted
vanilla - I have a little grinder, but vanilla extract, vanilla sugar, whatever you like works equally well
(optional - a capful of Amarretto for the nice almond flavor)
1 pinch of salt
1 cup of milk

1. sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
2. add in the eggs, salt, sugar, vanilla / amaretto
3. melt the butter
4. stir together just a little
5. add in milk - you may need a bit more or a bit less. stir until mixed
6. I like to grind up a bit more vanilla
7. let stand a bit (an hour is great but if you are like me and ain't got time for that then 10 minutes works too)

Make some waffles and enjoy life.

I'm sure you have great ideas for toppings. This time mine were... more »

Waffles

300 g flour (I used spelt)
~45 g brown sugar
~10g baking powder
2 eggs
125 g butter - melted
vanilla - I have a little grinder, but vanilla extract, vanilla sugar, whatever you like works equally well
(optional - a capful of Amarretto for the nice almond flavor)
1 pinch of salt
1 cup of milk

1. sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
2. add in the eggs, salt, sugar, vanilla / amaretto
3. melt the butter
4. stir together just a little
5. add in milk - you may need a bit more or a bit less. stir until mixed
6. I like to grind up a bit more vanilla
7. let stand a bit (an hour is great but if you are like me and ain't got time for that then 10 minutes works too)

Make some waffles and enjoy life.

I'm sure you have great ideas for toppings. This time mine were blueberries and fresh strawberries.
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2017-04-01 15:08:59 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Another improvised dish

Turkey
cayenne pepper
brown sugar
salt
Asian noodles
1 head of broccoli
3 carrots
2 sticks of celery
1/2 onion
garlic
oyster sauce
water (300 ml)
sesame seeds
brown sugar
sesame oil if possible; if not whatever you like

Step 1: chop everything up

Step 2: throw veggies into skillet and cook them until they get nice color but are still crispy; veggies includes garlic in my book.

Step 3: put veggies in a bowl to the side

Step 4: clean skillet; add oil; throw in chopped up turkey. season with spices (3 pinches of salt, a teaspoon or so of brown sugar, cayenne pepper.

Step 5: when the turkey looks cooked on all sides you can sprinkle some sesame seeds and cook a bit longer

Step 6. add in water and Asian noodles; boil and stir... more »

Another improvised dish

Turkey
cayenne pepper
brown sugar
salt
Asian noodles
1 head of broccoli
3 carrots
2 sticks of celery
1/2 onion
garlic
oyster sauce
water (300 ml)
sesame seeds
brown sugar
sesame oil if possible; if not whatever you like

Step 1: chop everything up

Step 2: throw veggies into skillet and cook them until they get nice color but are still crispy; veggies includes garlic in my book.

Step 3: put veggies in a bowl to the side

Step 4: clean skillet; add oil; throw in chopped up turkey. season with spices (3 pinches of salt, a teaspoon or so of brown sugar, cayenne pepper.

Step 5: when the turkey looks cooked on all sides you can sprinkle some sesame seeds and cook a bit longer

Step 6. add in water and Asian noodles; boil and stir frequently

Step 7: when the noodles have absorbed the water, turn down the heat. mix in veggies

Step 8: sprinkle with more sesame seed, oyster sauce, a dash or two of soy sauce, grind up some red pepper or use red pepper flakes

Step 9: time to eat___

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2017-04-01 14:57:42 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Beans, Sausage, Rice Dish

This past week I wound up working from home, so I improvised some meals for lunch. This particular meal was inspired by red beans and rice but doesn't have so many beans. As always I'm a sort of "throw it together" kind of cook so use the recipe at your own risk.


Ingredients

3 stalks of celery chopped up
1 onion chopped up
1 green bell pepper chopped up
some garlic - depends how much you like.
cayenne pepper
2 bouillon cubes
6 cups of water (1.5 liters)
rice
celery salt
brown sugar
3 sausages - I used 1 "cabanosa" and 2 "kielbasa" < neither were original but the German supermarket versions. close enough for this >
kidney beans
threw in some leftover peas and corn too.
A little wine - whatever is open
oil / butter... more »

Beans, Sausage, Rice Dish

This past week I wound up working from home, so I improvised some meals for lunch. This particular meal was inspired by red beans and rice but doesn't have so many beans. As always I'm a sort of "throw it together" kind of cook so use the recipe at your own risk.


Ingredients

3 stalks of celery chopped up
1 onion chopped up
1 green bell pepper chopped up
some garlic - depends how much you like.
cayenne pepper
2 bouillon cubes
6 cups of water (1.5 liters)
rice
celery salt
brown sugar
3 sausages - I used 1 "cabanosa" and 2 "kielbasa" < neither were original but the German supermarket versions. close enough for this >
kidney beans
threw in some leftover peas and corn too.
A little wine - whatever is open
oil / butter
thyme

Step 1 - chop it all up
Step 2 - throw the celery, bell pepper, and onions into a skillet. cook in oil (or butter). season with salt, a dash of brown sugar, thyme, and cayenne pepper. As you notice the veggies beggining to sizzle throw in a bit of wine (if you have some already open)
Step 3 - after the wine has mostly cooked off pour in the water (I assume your skillet holds this much - if not you can go to step 4) throw in 2 bouillon cubes. boil and stir for a few minutes
Step 4 - empty the skillet of veggies and broth into a big pot. If your skillet was too small for the water and bouillon you could just do that part of Step 3 now. Let the pot simmer.
Step 5 - clean skillet
Step 6 - heat skillet with oil, throw in sausages, brown a bit.
Step 7 - add sausages to the veggies in the simmering pot
Step 8 - add kidney beans (be sure to drain)
Step 9 - cook some rice.
Step 10 when the rice is done it's time to chow down. 1 scoop of rice for 1 ladle of this concotion out of the simmering pot.

Note: this will get more flavorful the longer it cooks (or the more times it is reheated).

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2017-03-31 22:40:30 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

There is a flower within my heart
Daisy, Daisy
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell
Yet I am longing to share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell

Photo: daisies in my yard. working on my technique. Hopefully this will transfer to people and make them look good too. 

There is a flower within my heart
Daisy, Daisy
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell
Yet I am longing to share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell

Photo: daisies in my yard. working on my technique. Hopefully this will transfer to people and make them look good too. ___

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2017-03-31 22:17:14 (31 comments; 8 reshares; 168 +1s; )Open 

eXtinction-Files: (not quite Mulder) I would like to believe

It would be wonderful if this animal isn't extinct but the odds are against it. However scientists may be able to de-extinct this and other animals like mammoths within a few years to a decade. Should they?



http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/30/522091683/back-from-the-dead-reported-sightings-fuel-hope-for-return-of-tasmanian-tigers?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=science

eXtinction-Files: (not quite Mulder) I would like to believe

It would be wonderful if this animal isn't extinct but the odds are against it. However scientists may be able to de-extinct this and other animals like mammoths within a few years to a decade. Should they?



http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/30/522091683/back-from-the-dead-reported-sightings-fuel-hope-for-return-of-tasmanian-tigers?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=science___

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2017-03-30 16:48:22 (30 comments; 18 reshares; 246 +1s; )Open 

This makes me very happy!


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indochinese-tigers-ultra-rare-species-thailand-discovered-miracle-east-jungle-freeland-panthera-a7656206.html

This makes me very happy!


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indochinese-tigers-ultra-rare-species-thailand-discovered-miracle-east-jungle-freeland-panthera-a7656206.html___

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2017-03-30 06:59:52 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

First Cherry Blossoms

The first cherry blossoms are opening up on my trees now. I'm afraid a recent frost might have damaged them but these look alright to me. We'll see as more open up. 

First Cherry Blossoms

The first cherry blossoms are opening up on my trees now. I'm afraid a recent frost might have damaged them but these look alright to me. We'll see as more open up. ___

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2017-03-30 06:54:41 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

First tulips

I was wrong. I thought I wouldn't have the first tulips or cherry blossoms until April. I got a few already yesterday.

Why do I have only partial tulips on this photo? Because I wanted to look at them differently this time. 

First tulips

I was wrong. I thought I wouldn't have the first tulips or cherry blossoms until April. I got a few already yesterday.

Why do I have only partial tulips on this photo? Because I wanted to look at them differently this time. ___

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2017-03-30 06:23:56 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 92 +1s; )Open 

Grape hyacinths (?) and a honey bee - by +Martin Cooke : please plus his original so he knows you like it!

#beeThursday___Grape hyacinths (?) and a honey bee - by +Martin Cooke : please plus his original so he knows you like it!

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2017-03-29 15:59:11 (16 comments; 6 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

Who was T. Rex's father?

+David Blagic  writes about potential ancestors to Tyrannosaurus on +GotScience.org .

Who was T. Rex's father?

+David Blagic  writes about potential ancestors to Tyrannosaurus on +GotScience.org .___

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2017-03-26 10:57:59 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

Looking for love

This male wild bee (the white "beard" is the give-away on this species) is hanging out where the females will build a nest.

This is some type of a "Mason Bee" (Mauerbienchen). I think it is an Osmia cornuta but my bee-fu is not strong enough that I'm 100% certain of that. 

Looking for love

This male wild bee (the white "beard" is the give-away on this species) is hanging out where the females will build a nest.

This is some type of a "Mason Bee" (Mauerbienchen). I think it is an Osmia cornuta but my bee-fu is not strong enough that I'm 100% certain of that. ___

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2017-03-25 09:59:37 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

from the BBC. Not anything really new but still interesting for cat owners / cat lovers.

https://youtu.be/qeUM1WDoOGY

from the BBC. Not anything really new but still interesting for cat owners / cat lovers.

https://youtu.be/qeUM1WDoOGY___

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2017-03-24 17:36:12 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

"Feather Detail"

h/t to +I am not Alice where I saw that today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills has the theme #featherdetail

This is one of those pics (just a crop from a downsized version) I took because I liked the details but never figured I'd have a use for.

Have a great weekend!

"Feather Detail"

h/t to +I am not Alice where I saw that today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills has the theme #featherdetail

This is one of those pics (just a crop from a downsized version) I took because I liked the details but never figured I'd have a use for.

Have a great weekend!___

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2017-03-24 07:40:25 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
(Somerset Maugham)

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
(Somerset Maugham)___

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2017-03-24 07:40:00 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
(Somerset Maugham)

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
(Somerset Maugham)___

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2017-03-23 19:09:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

:D

https://xkcd.com/1814/

edit:

When a grid’s misaligned
with another behind
That’s a moiré…

When the spacing is tight
And the difference is slight
That’s a moiré

:D

https://xkcd.com/1814/

edit:

When a grid’s misaligned
with another behind
That’s a moiré…

When the spacing is tight
And the difference is slight
That’s a moiré___

2017-03-22 19:16:01 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Glitch in the Plus?

It seems my old reliable trick of checking circles to make sure I see folks' posts is borked. Apparently only +Eve Aebi and +Armida Evony have anything for me to see according to the algorithm.

crickets here.. Guess I'll check in again in a few hours.



Glitch in the Plus?

It seems my old reliable trick of checking circles to make sure I see folks' posts is borked. Apparently only +Eve Aebi and +Armida Evony have anything for me to see according to the algorithm.

crickets here.. Guess I'll check in again in a few hours.

___

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2017-03-22 18:19:20 (18 comments; 14 reshares; 151 +1s; )Open 

For people in the USA on August 21, 2017 the eclipse will be visible coast-to-coast. It should be a great event and even should there be bad weather in some parts of the country lots of people will see it. Even people not in the path of totality should have a very good chance to see a great partial eclipse.


http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/why-scientists-are-so-excited-about-solar-eclipse-n735691

For people in the USA on August 21, 2017 the eclipse will be visible coast-to-coast. It should be a great event and even should there be bad weather in some parts of the country lots of people will see it. Even people not in the path of totality should have a very good chance to see a great partial eclipse.


http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/why-scientists-are-so-excited-about-solar-eclipse-n735691___

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2017-03-21 20:04:30 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

It is probably more important than ever for scientists and science enthusiasts to get involved in science advocacy. Social media can be a useful venue to take science to the streets. Scientists are using social media to boost outreach activities, engage in activism, and get the public informed and energized about all things science. Dr. Bill Sullivan

It is probably more important than ever for scientists and science enthusiasts to get involved in science advocacy. Social media can be a useful venue to take science to the streets. Scientists are using social media to boost outreach activities, engage in activism, and get the public informed and energized about all things science. Dr. Bill Sullivan___

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2017-03-19 17:07:53 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Another of a wild bee (Osmia bicornis? female) on my little nest box.

feel free to zoom in.

Another of a wild bee (Osmia bicornis? female) on my little nest box.

feel free to zoom in.___

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2017-03-19 15:52:54 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Same snowdrop+iris combination a few minutes later at f/8. Difference is pretty obvious, eh?

Same snowdrop+iris combination a few minutes later at f/8. Difference is pretty obvious, eh?___

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2017-03-19 15:48:21 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Tried to get a snowdrop with irises in the background wide open (f2.8) on my macro. It's quite a shallow depth of field even on my crop sensor camera. I like the colors though. The wild bees enjoyed these early blossoms. Right now they have crocusses. I guess it will be April before the tulips blossom. 

Tried to get a snowdrop with irises in the background wide open (f2.8) on my macro. It's quite a shallow depth of field even on my crop sensor camera. I like the colors though. The wild bees enjoyed these early blossoms. Right now they have crocusses. I guess it will be April before the tulips blossom. ___

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2017-03-18 23:38:02 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Local artwork.

For Holzgerlingen's 1000 year celebration in 2007, Edgar Haydl created 85 epoxy ravens (36) and owls(50). They are the animals on the town's heraldry. The statues are 2m tall. Each was painted by locals from Kindergarten classes to artists to seniors in rest homes.

These two are near the old trainstation (now a Biergarten). 

Local artwork.

For Holzgerlingen's 1000 year celebration in 2007, Edgar Haydl created 85 epoxy ravens (36) and owls(50). They are the animals on the town's heraldry. The statues are 2m tall. Each was painted by locals from Kindergarten classes to artists to seniors in rest homes.

These two are near the old trainstation (now a Biergarten). ___

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2017-03-18 22:21:04 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Actually Enjoyed It

I'm not a fan of musicals and dance numbers but I actually enjoyed seeing LaLa Land. Most of you have already seen it so I'm not going to go into the plot.

A few things I really liked were related to the (cinema)photography. The colors were simple, bold, and crisp. The camera often used a very shallow depth of field and lots of background bokeh. Lighting was of course excellent. The last movie I remember noticing and enjoy so many photographic effects was Walter Mitty (too bad the plot was thin). I was also impressed with Emma Stone's expressiveness. I knew her name but I don't think I ever watched her star in anything like this.

Another nice touch for me was the Griffith Observatory. And of course the music.

Quite an enjoyable film as a change of pace from my regular science fiction / super-hero / adventure fare. ... more »

Actually Enjoyed It

I'm not a fan of musicals and dance numbers but I actually enjoyed seeing LaLa Land. Most of you have already seen it so I'm not going to go into the plot.

A few things I really liked were related to the (cinema)photography. The colors were simple, bold, and crisp. The camera often used a very shallow depth of field and lots of background bokeh. Lighting was of course excellent. The last movie I remember noticing and enjoy so many photographic effects was Walter Mitty (too bad the plot was thin). I was also impressed with Emma Stone's expressiveness. I knew her name but I don't think I ever watched her star in anything like this.

Another nice touch for me was the Griffith Observatory. And of course the music.

Quite an enjoyable film as a change of pace from my regular science fiction / super-hero / adventure fare.

Have a great weekend!
___

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2017-03-18 10:35:56 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This one looks too good to pass up. I guess I'll be getting new pants to handle the expanded waistline.

Nutella tiramisù no-bake cake

https://tinascookings.blogspot.com/2017/03/nutella-tiramisu-no-bake-cake.html

My, my, how time flies! It is almost the 7th birthday of Tina's Cookings!
Seven years. Can you believe it?
And it's only normal to celebrate a birthday with cake, right?

#chocolate #nutella #tiramisu #tinascookings___This one looks too good to pass up. I guess I'll be getting new pants to handle the expanded waistline.

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2017-03-17 07:24:46 (21 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. correction by Lewis Carroll (Douglas Adams)

of course maybe in my alternate reality Douglas Adams was Lewis Carroll

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. correction by Lewis Carroll (Douglas Adams)

of course maybe in my alternate reality Douglas Adams was Lewis Carroll___

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2017-03-15 20:28:27 (18 comments; 5 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

Nothing but the tooth

I love the Shelf-Life videos by the +American Museum of Natural History !

Nothing but the tooth

I love the Shelf-Life videos by the +American Museum of Natural History !___

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2017-03-13 23:06:29 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

A wild bee enjoys an early blossoming iris in my garden.

A wild bee enjoys an early blossoming iris in my garden.___

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2017-03-13 22:49:35 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Wild Bees Nesting

The first bees have been very busy outside my home office window. This is a snapshot of my "insect hotel" I took with my smartphone. I am reasonably confident these are Osmia cornuta bees. The male has white hairs on his face. The female is in flight. 

Wild Bees Nesting

The first bees have been very busy outside my home office window. This is a snapshot of my "insect hotel" I took with my smartphone. I am reasonably confident these are Osmia cornuta bees. The male has white hairs on his face. The female is in flight. ___

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2017-03-13 22:40:56 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Spring has arrived in my garden!

Early flowers because I like them have an added benefit of giving the early wild bees something to visit. I've had quite a few of the Osmia cornuta visit my "insect hotel" and log with holes drilled out for their nests.

A tiny iris. I planted them with snowdrops. I'm rather partial to irises. 

Spring has arrived in my garden!

Early flowers because I like them have an added benefit of giving the early wild bees something to visit. I've had quite a few of the Osmia cornuta visit my "insect hotel" and log with holes drilled out for their nests.

A tiny iris. I planted them with snowdrops. I'm rather partial to irises. ___

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2017-03-10 06:50:23 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Nuisance Flooding

So, at what point should policy makers invest in protective infrastructure measures? This is where scientists can provide tools to help policy makers, who should consider whether the cost of nuisance flooding will become high enough to justify major infrastructural investments. By analyzing the average hourly water levels compiled at tide gauges over the past 60 years, along with the property values of unprotected coastal property for 11 cities and counties in the United States, the researchers estimated the cost of nuisance flooding.

article by +Neha Jain 

Nuisance Flooding

So, at what point should policy makers invest in protective infrastructure measures? This is where scientists can provide tools to help policy makers, who should consider whether the cost of nuisance flooding will become high enough to justify major infrastructural investments. By analyzing the average hourly water levels compiled at tide gauges over the past 60 years, along with the property values of unprotected coastal property for 11 cities and counties in the United States, the researchers estimated the cost of nuisance flooding.

article by +Neha Jain ___

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2017-03-10 06:48:18 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Following Scent Trails

The bees proved careful and canny readers. Not only did they use other bees’ scent marks to decide which flowers to probe, but they also considered the source of the scent when making that decision. An individual bee could easily differentiate between the smell of its own feet (trustworthy), those of its family members (very trustworthy), and those of strangers (not a reliable source of floral information).

via +Mental Floss h/t +Meirav M.

Following Scent Trails

The bees proved careful and canny readers. Not only did they use other bees’ scent marks to decide which flowers to probe, but they also considered the source of the scent when making that decision. An individual bee could easily differentiate between the smell of its own feet (trustworthy), those of its family members (very trustworthy), and those of strangers (not a reliable source of floral information).

via +Mental Floss h/t +Meirav M.___

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2017-03-08 20:31:39 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 217 +1s; )Open 

from Beatrice Biologist
http://www.beatricebiologist.com/

from Beatrice Biologist
http://www.beatricebiologist.com/___

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